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College bowl games: what you need to know

by Donte Nystrom

Here are my predictions for all 41 bowl games. These are against the spread of course, but if you’re not that serious in your party pool for work, friends, or your ESPN Capital One Bowl Mania, I’ll also have the scores so you can at least pick the winner.

Good Luck!

December 16

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (1 p.m. ET)

Troy (-5.5) vs. North Texas

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Troy 38, North Texas 31

 

AutoNation Cure Bowl (2:30 p.m. ET)

Western Kentucky (-4.5) vs. Georgia State

TV: CBS Sports Network

Prediction: Western Kentucky 41, Georgia State 30

 

Las Vegas Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET)

No. 25 Boise State (+5) vs. Oregon

TV: ABC

Prediction: Boise State 42, Oregon 40

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl (4:30 p.m. ET)

Marshall (+5.5) vs. Colorado State

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Marshall 30, Colorado State 27

 

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (8 p.m. ET)

Middle Tennessee (+3.5) vs. Arkansas State

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Middle Tennessee 35, Arkansas State 27

December 19

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (7 p.m. ET)

Akron vs. Florida Atlantic (-17)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Florida Atlantic 48, Akron 20

December 20

DXL Frisco Bowl (8 p.m. ET)

Louisiana Tech (-5) vs. SMU

TV: ESPN

Prediction: SMU 31, Louisiana Tech 30

December 21

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (8 p.m. ET)

Temple (-8) vs. Florida International

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Temple 30, Florida International 20

December 22

Bahamas Bowl (12:30 p.m. ET)

UAB (+7) vs. Ohio

TV: ESPN

Prediction: UAB 21, Ohio 20

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (4 p.m. ET)

Central Michigan vs. Wyoming (Even)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Wyoming 37, Central Michigan 27

December 23

Birmingham Bowl (12 p.m. ET)

Texas Tech (+2.5) vs. South Florida

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Texas Tech 49, South Florida 41

 

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET)

San Diego State vs. Army*

TV: ESPN

Prediction: San Diego State 31, Army 20

 

Dollar General Bowl (7 p.m. ET)

Appalachian State vs. Toledo (-7)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Toledo 27, Appalachian State 20

December 24

Hawaii Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET)

Fresno State vs. Houston (-1.5)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Houston 30, Fresno State 28

December 26

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (1:30 p.m. ET)

West Virginia (+4.5) vs. Utah

TV: ESPN

Prediction: West Virginia 40, Utah 38

 

Quick Lane Bowl (5:15 p.m. ET)

Duke vs. Northern Illinois (+2.5)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Northern Illinois 27, Duke 23

 

Cactus Bowl (9 p.m. ET)

Kansas State vs. UCLA (+3)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: UCLA 37, Kansas State 27

December 27

Walk On’s Independence Bowl (1:30 p.m. ET)

Southern Miss (+14) vs. Florida State

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Florida State 31, Southern Miss 21

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (5:15 p.m. ET)

Boston College vs. Iowa (-3)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Iowa 20, Boston College 13

 

Foster Farms Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET)

Arizona vs. Purdue (+4.5)

TV: Fox

Prediction: Arizona 35, Purdue 34

 

Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl (9 p.m. ET)

Texas vs. Missouri (-1)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Missouri 34, Texas 331

December 28

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (1:30 p.m. ET)

Virginia vs. Navy*

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Navy 24, Virginia 21

 

Camping World Bowl (5:15 p.m. ET)

No. 22 Virginia Tech vs. No. 19 Oklahoma State (-6.5)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Oklahoma State 40, Virginia Tech 31

 

Valero Alamo Bowl (9 p.m. ET)

No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 15 TCU (-2)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: TCU 24, Stanford 20

 

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (9 p.m. ET)

No. 18 Washington State (-4.5) vs. No. 16 Michigan State

TV: Fox

Prediction: Washington State 38, Michigan State 31

December 29

Belk Bowl (1 p.m. ET)

Wake Forest (-2.5) vs. Texas A&M

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Wake Forest 35, Texas A&M 27

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl (3:30 p.m. ET)

No. 24 NC State (-5) vs. Arizona State

TV: CBS

Prediction: NC State 28, Arizona State 21

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (4:30 p.m. ET)

No. 21 Northwestern (-6.5) vs. Kentucky

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Northwestern 37, Kentucky 24

 

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl (5:30 p.m. ET)

Utah State (-3) vs. New Mexico State

TV: CBS Sports Network

Prediction: Utah State 27, New Mexico State 17

 

Goodyear Cotton Bowl (8:30 p.m. ET)

No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 8 USC (+6)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: USC 34, Ohio State 30

December 30

TaxSlayer Bowl (Noon ET)

No. 23 Mississippi State vs. Louisville (-5.5)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Louisville 38, Mississippi State 20

 

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (12:30 p.m. ET)

No. 20 Memphis (-3) vs. Iowa State

TV: ABC

Prediction: Memphis 37, Iowa State 30

 

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (4 p.m. ET)

No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington (+4.5)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Washington 38, Penn State 35

 

Capital One Orange Bowl (8 p.m. ET)

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami (+5.5)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Miami 38, Wisconsin 28

January 1, 2018

Outback Bowl (Noon ET)

Michigan vs. South Carolina (+7.5)

TV: ESPN2

Prediction: Michigan 23, South Carolina 20

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (12:30 p.m. ET)

No. 7 Auburn (-8) vs. No. 12 UCF

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Auburn 38, UCF 20

 

Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s (1 p.m. ET)

No. 14 Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU (-1)

TV: ABC

Prediction: LSU 31, Notre Dame 27

 

Rose Bowl (National Semifinal, 5 p.m. ET)

No. 2 Oklahoma (-1.5) vs. No. 3 Georgia

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Oklahoma 24, Georgia 17

 

Sugar Bowl (National Semifinal, 8:45 p.m. ET)

No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama (Even)

TV: ESPN

Prediction: Alabama 34, Clemson 30

January 8, 2018

National Championship Game (8 p.m. ET)

TV: ESPN

 

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